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How Sid Vicious Could Help A 75-Year-Old Czech Prince Become President

ABC.AU, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (Australia), REUTERS

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PRAGUE - Meet Karel Schwarzenberg, the bow-tied, 75-year-old prince who channels the Sex Pistols and wants to be president of the Czech Republic.

Born into a family that owned large amounts of Czech and Austrian lands, the Schwarzenbergs fled when the Communists took over in 1948, writes Reuters. His opponents have accused him of supporting the cause of the three million Germans who were expelled from the country after World War II., after in a televised interview he said that in today's world, the move could be seen as a war crime.

In the nation’s first direct election for presidency, Schwarzenberg has emerged as the surprise candidate and even more surprisingly, appeals most to younger voters. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that student Klara Dvorakova said “He represents the better, modern side of our nation,” after Schwarzenberg left "Mlejn", a smoky pub near Prague Castle where he often grabs a beer alongside his young supporters in t-shirts sporting his mohawked image. “He’s noble, elegant.”

photo: 4edou via instagram

ABC.AU reports that his campaign includes pop art styled posters (above), his trademark eccentric touch visible, as well as badges (below) that depict him as a punk, sporting a fuchsia-pink mohawked hairdo. One of the slogans used is “Karel for PreSIDent” in a reference to Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.

The out-there politician, who speaks 6 languages, has been accused of being “too old” and falling asleep during tedious political meetings but he claims “I fall asleep when others talk nonsense.”

photo: piincek via instagram

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File:Parsin Gas and CNG Station in Karaj-Qazvin Freeway, Iran ...

Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.

The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.


Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.

Khamenei, where's our gas?

Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"


Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.

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